White House Y2K meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999

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The news just keeps coming quicker and quicker now. Here's the link on this, followed by the story itself...


ATLANTA, Jan. 15/PRNewswire/ -- The Year 2000 computer problem, commonly known as Y2K, has been called the most complex technological problem in history. Georgia DOT Commissioner Wayne Shackleford has been asked to serve on the Senior Advisors Group of the President's Council on Year 2000 conversion. He is one of only 21 professionals nationwide from both the public and private sectors invited to participate on this historical committee.

"I am quite honored to have been asked by the president to serve as an advisor on this issue," Shackleford said. "I am confident we can work together to ensure the smoothest transition possible into the next century."

Shackleford will begin contributing his nationally recognized expertise in transportation policy development and Intelligent Transportation Systems to this initiative next week. The Senior Advisors Group is scheduled to meet on Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999 in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to discuss Y2K challenges and opportunities.

The President's Council on Year 2000 conversion, established on Feb. 4, 1998 by Executive Order 13073, coordinates the Federal Government's efforts to combat the Y2K computer problem. This problem is caused by a shortcut used by computer programmers in many information technology systems. The resulting glitch could cause them to either shutdown or malfunction, a significant problem in our electronic information-dependent society.

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), January 17, 1999


Here's another, related story:

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_exnews/19990115_xex_big_white_ho. shtml

"Big White House Y2K planning session"

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), January 17, 1999.

Oh Ohhh. So they're already talking about how to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Forgive me if I don't interpret this as good news.


"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

-- Hallyx (Hallyx@aol.com), January 17, 1999.


Wonder if Clinton's going to "finally" mention Y2K in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, then just also mention, "Oh, BTW, I take this seriously and we have a meeting scheduled at the White House..."

Sure HOPE that speech is "different" from the last ones.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), January 17, 1999.

Had started a thread earlier on first report from WND:

Big White House Y2K Planning Session

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-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), January 17, 1999.

I'm not going to bother even looking at this link Leska. "Big White House Planning Session" says it all. It's too late, brace yourself.

The title should say "Big White House Review Session" for any hope to exist.

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), January 17, 1999.

Why would anyone be honored to be one of the twenty-one "professionals" invited? Also, if there was any good news or even, optimism you'd think that our spin-minded president would involve the big names in the Y2K field. He's probably just looking for a way to explain why his "deadline" isn't going to be met.

-- d (d@dgi.com), January 17, 1999.

Chris, we posted the article because it has some interesting clues as to the direction the govt is moving re Y2K.

"Communications, power supply, transportation, and banking are all information system dependent industries that the entire nation depends on every day. A failure by one will cause failures in others. Every agency of government depends on these private sector services, and until now those industries have avoided contact with government as much as possible."

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-- Leska (allaha@earthlink.net), January 17, 1999.

I see your point Leska, agreed.

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), January 17, 1999.

So let us see what is reported tonight.....

-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), January 21, 1999.

Does this news article below have anything to do with the article I kicked this thread off with?

"Clinton To Unveil Details Of Terrorism Plan"

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/ts/story.html?s=v/nm/19990122/ts/ terrorism_2.html

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Clinton Friday will give details of a multibillion dollar proposal to guard against a "growing threat" of terrorism through chemcial or biological attacks and disruption of computer networks, White House officials said.

The proposal first made in Clinton's State of the Union speech Tuesday, seeks to promote training of local emergency officials in detecting and responding to such attacks, to develop vaccines, and to protect computer networks.

"It will be a several billion dollar announcement," a senior administration official said.

Clinton is to unveil details of the plan in an address at the National Academy of Sciences at 10:00 a.m. EST (15:00 GMT) Eastern Time Friday.

"We must work to keep terrorists from disrupting computer networks. We must work to prepare local communities for biological and chemical emergencies, to support research into vaccines and treatments," Clinton said in his State of the Union Speech.

White House spokesman Joe Lockhart said the effort aims to protect against both domestic and international -based terrorists. "There is a growing threat to this country of chemical, biological and cyber terrorism," Lockhart said.

National Security Adviser Sandy Berger told reporters in a briefing this week that the effort would establish a national preparedness office that would oversee training in 120 cities.

Police, firefighters, and hospital workers would be trained in detecting and dealing with attacks from chemical and biological weapons, and computer security experts would be hired.

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), January 22, 1999.

"There is a growing threat to this country of chemical, biological and cyber terrorism,"

Hellooo...earth to Clinton, come in Clinton. The threat is called why-too-kay. Y2K for short.

Is he our first schitzophrenic president? I wonder if his dentist has implanted recievers in his teeth and he hears the voices of the scheeming terrorists.

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), January 22, 1999.

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